David Brayshaw column

David Brayshaw.
David Brayshaw.

After a late night session around the boardroom table at The Bay Radio HQ, we finally got the Carnival Souvenir Programme finished.

It looks fabulous, thanks to Adrian at Your Design Partner who pulled out all the stops to get the adverts prepared and all the editorial and pictures in the right places.

The centre pages contain a route map, which is just another graphic designed by our friends at Workshop Media. They are responsible for our website, social media sites and poster designs and they too have done a great job.

The programme contains biogs on all the acts who will be taking to the stage. The Bay Radio gave a presentation to our committee showing us who will be performing and, although we have been sworn to secrecy about the line-up, believe me, no one is going to be disappointed.

Listen to The Bay Breakfast with Danny Matthews on Friday, April 11, when the full line-up of who’s performing on The Bay’s 21st birthday stage will be revealed, live on-air.

In addition to the UK acts who will be performing, The Bay have kindly arranged for a few locals to perform, such as David Hanmer and Fuse.

These are very talented local musicians (I know this because Carla often drags me out to listen to local bands, and these are good.)

I wasn’t as impressed when I saw ‘Your Last Drive’ even though my son plays in this band.

They were so loud that my bell bottom jeans shook with the noise and I had ringing in my ears for days afterwards. It’s an age thing.

So what have we actually got for you on May 4?

Obviously we have the carnival parade, setting off from RNLI Station, near to the Yacht Club and processing down the pedestrian promenade to the Battery before turning around and heading back to the Dome Arena. We have the Grand Finale and The Bay Radio’s 21st Birthday stage in the Festival Arena.

This will kick off at 12.00pm with music, announcements, sound checks and local artistes then at 4.00pm we do the King and Queen Crowning Ceremony, the various awards and then move into overdrive at 5.00pm until around 9.00pm with live singers and bands.

In addition, we have a licensed bar open from 12.00pm, a vintage market, a food village, a fun fair and ‘City of Bounce’ on the Midland lawns.

Then, you can have a dance at ‘Disco Inferno’ at The Platform, hosted by the one and only Steve Middlesbrough and the DJ’s from the 80’s.

We hope to have all the winners from our Grand Raffle on display here too, as well as on our website.

At our very first presentation to MTC we were asked, ‘Why can’t you just have a little procession?’ and I can answer that now: ‘Because we are Morecambe, we deserve more, we want more and now, we are going to get more!’ Roll on May 4.